Last Tuesday, the American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League announced the nominees for the 64th Annual Tony Awards (American Idiot, Fela!, Memphis, and Million Dollar Quartet were nominated for Best Musical; In the Next Room, Next Fall, Red, and Time Stands Still for Best Play). Unlike the Academy Awards, where the name “Oscar” is still up-for-grabs, the name “Tony” is fairly set in stone as to its origin. It’s named after Antoinette Perry, founder of the American Theatre Wing.
Four more bits of trivia on the Tonys after the jump!
- Britain’s answer to the Tonys has a moniker even more established: West End plays vie for the Laurence Olivier Award.
- Most Tony wins? For a production, The Producers swept the 2001 Awards with 12 wins (out of 15 nominations – though they won every category they were nominated for); for an individual, producer (see a pattern?) Harold Prince has 21 wins (makes for quite a mantle).
- Only three musicals have won the “Big Six” Awards (Best Musical, Best Book, Best Score, Best Leading Actor, Best Leading Actress, and Best Director): South Pacific, Sweeney Todd, and Hairspray.
- South Pacific‘s 2008 Lincoln Center Theater revival (Lincoln Center Theater, by the way, is the only “Broadway” theater outside of Times Square, according to the Broadway Leagues regulations) is also the only show in Tony history to win all four design awards for Scenes, Costumes, Lighting, and Sound.
The Tony Awards air live at 8 PM on June 13th on CBS.